Could plants on desks make us work harder?
ACCORDING to a report in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, putting plants in the office makes workers more productive.
The study by Cardiff University found that over a three month period, output increased by 15 per cent when plants were added to two large offices.
Researchers say this could be because foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air, but they also conclude that offices with empty desks are not necessarily more productive than those which contain bits and pieces, including plants.
I once worked for someone who, at the end of each working day, ditched everything that remained on his desk. This meant that as soon as this manager went home, we staff made a mad dash for the waste bins.
No one else was allowed to touch the post, so we often discovered personally-addressed letters which had been thrown away, unopened.
However, many of my former bosses did combine a clear desk with extreme efficiency, and this, I admired. I work at home now, so I decided to take a look at mine and Mr F’s desks, for a spot of meaningless research.
We both have laptops, printers and angle-poise lamps, but added to this, I discovered that Mr F had red-handled scissors, a small gold box, a book on Italy and a pack of Worst Case Scenario Survival cards (yes, really).
Lurking on my desk was an empty coffee mug, a coaster with my name on it, a honey and menthol sweet from when I had a cough, a hair roller, a painted stone and a wire basket full of paper labelled Things to Do. The first on the list should be ‘tidy up’.
The Boris deadline grows ever closer. The word on the street is: will Mr J have time for us mere mortals with our pothole problems as well as being mayor (for a while) and an MP?
Well, as an objective observer, and not a member of the Tory party – or indeed the committee who will decide whether he will be their candidate – I’d just like to point out that he would have legions of staff to do his donkey work for him, so it would be daft to reject him on those grounds. Perhaps it would be more pertinent to ask whether he has a plant on his desk?
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